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9:20 PM ET, November 17, 2020


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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Georgia secretary of state had witnesses on call when Lindsey Graham plotted to ‘throw out’ ballots  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that at least two members of his staff witnessed Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) apparent effort to suppress the counting of legal votes in the state.
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A second Georgia county has uncovered a trove of votes not previously included in the election results, but it doesn't change the overall outcome of the presidential race, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Rage Against the Voting Machine  —  Trump blames the result on Dominion's systems.  Where's the evidence?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump has so far been unwilling to concede to Joe Biden, and his latest argument is that the voting machines must have been rigged.  Where's the evidence?
Another Georgia county has uncovered 2,700 missing votes, Secretary of State's office says  —  ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State's Office says another county has found missing votes during their audit of the ballots in the presidential race.  —  This comes as Secretary …
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Georgia's GOP Secretary of State at Odds With GOP Senator Graham Over Counting Ballots
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We need an investigation into Lindsey Graham's intervention in Georgia
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
How long can Trump keep disputing the election results?
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A Disturbing Number of Republicans Support Trump's Coup Attempt
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says  —  LANSING — Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect, and while Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is investigating the election, it will not award the state's 16 electors to GOP President Donald Trump …
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Wayne Co. canvassers deadlock on certifying Nov. 3 election results  —  The Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday along party lines on whether the county's Nov. 3 election results should be certified as at least four state and federal lawsuits sought to stop the process.
Clara Hendrickson / Detroit Free Press:
GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers vote against certifying election results  —  The two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers cast an unprecedented vote Tuesday against certifying the county's November election results for the county's 43 jurisdictions …
Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  — Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  —  The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting today where they failed to certify the election results in Wayne County.
Ed White / Associated Press:
Michigan county fails to certify vote, stalling outcome
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:   Deadlocked board in key Michigan county fails to certify vote totals by deadline
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal Work  —  Last week, the president put the former New York mayor in charge of the court challenges to his loss in the election.  Since then they have suffered nothing but setbacks.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee …
NBC News:
President-elect Biden wary of Trump-focused investigations, sources say  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he doesn't want his presidency to be consumed by investigations of his predecessor, according to five people familiar with the discussions …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Obama gets right — and very wrong — about the media  —  Everybody's a media critic these days — and Barack Obama is an astute one.  But for those who remember certain aspects of his presidency, he's got a bit of a credibility problem.  —  He's certainly right when he frets that America …
Michael Conway / NBC News:
Why Biden should pardon Trump — and we Democrats should want him to
Discussion: Axios and No More Mister Nice Blog
Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who had rejected President's election conspiracy theories  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the Department of Homeland Security official who had rejected Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim of problems with ballot observers  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Philadelphia violated state election law in the way it handled observers at a city ballot counting center.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
House asks justices to put off case over Russia grand jury
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint  —  Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.  —  How long might immunity to the coronavirus last?  Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study …
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Chuck Grassley tests positive for COVID-19  —  Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced Tuesday evening that he tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Grassley, 87, announced earlier in the day that he was quarantining after finding out that he had been exposed to the coronavirus.
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Chuck Grassley, second-oldest senator, tests positive for Covid-19
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley, the Senate's oldest Republican, tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: CNBC, CNN, Axios, and TheBlaze
Allan Smith / NBC News:
McConnell says there will be ‘orderly transfer’ of power … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said there will be an “orderly transfer” between administrations on Jan. 20, though he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, who is refusing to concede, by name.
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Malinowski defeats Kean in close race  —  The New Jersey Globe is now projecting that Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) has been re-elected to a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  In a race that has become excruciatingly tight since election night, Republican Thomas Kean …
Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's agenda listed “no public events” on Tuesday — the 10th time since the election that those words have appeared on his daily schedule.  —  He has answered no questions from reporters …
NBC Los Angeles:
Pair Charged With Voter Fraud Allegedly Submitted Thousands of Fraudulent Applications on Behalf of Homeless People  —  A man who tried to run for mayor in Hawthorne is among two people charged in a voter fraud case in which thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications …
Clayton Guse / New York Daily News:
‘An end to the New York way of life’: MTA proposes catastrophic service cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch  —  A 40% cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers are on the table as MTA honchos battle a COVID-19 financial catastrophe, the Daily News has learned.
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general  —  DALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Mom Arrested For Murder of Fringe Legal Theorist  —  Neely Petrie-Blanchard allegedly shot the amateur legal expert who she'd turned to to reclaim custody of her kid.  —  A once murky alliance forged in a world of internet conspiracy theories appears to have ended in murder this past Sunday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cellphone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Warnock: ‘Nobody Can Serve God and the Military’  —  Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said in a 2011 sermon that Americans cannot serve God while also serving in the U.S. military.  —  The newly unearthed comments threaten to complicate Warnock's candidacy in a tight Georgia Senate race …
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Luke Savage / Jacobin:
Joe Biden Is Freezing Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Out of His Cabinet
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The Hill:
Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior secretary
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Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
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Natalie Jackson, Ph.D. / PRRI:
Religion Divides Hispanic Opinion in the U.S.
George Packer / The Atlantic:
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